The high profile trial of Jeffery Epstein’s alleged madam, Ghislaine Maxwell, has started Monday in New York and is expected to be a sordid twenty-year-long saga of a billionaire elite, preying on vulnerable, in some cases under privileged, under age girls and the woman who help him procure his prey.
The trial will determine Maxwell’s involvement in what was exposed as a worldwide, child trafficking ring – run by Jeffrey Epstein.
Maxwell has also been accused of partaking in the abuse with her billionaire boyfriend. If found guilty, she potentially faces a prison sentence of up to 70 years. Since her arrest by the FBI last year at her Massachusetts hideaway, Maxwell has been in a Brooklyn lockup.
Mass media flocked to the Lower Manhattan courthouse in New York City, as the long anticipated trial kicked off.
For those who have followed the Epstein story since his arrest in 2019 for sex-trafficking, and then his alleged suicide, it was a small miracle that Maxwell has made it all the way to her trial at all. Some speculated she may be ‘suicided’ before she had a chance to expose any of her and Epstein’s pals.
The British socialite faces six counts for procuring underage girls for her billionaire boyfriend. She allegedly recruited, groomed and sexually abused them along with Epstein in the UK and US from 1994 to 2004.
The pair allegedly systematically abused the girls together, engaging in group sex, according to one victim’s allegations and Maxwell would encourage girls to perform ‘massages’ on Epstein, where the abuse would then escalate.
The pair also used their victims to recruit more victims, allegedly for cash and the couple would fly victims all over the US and in some cases to Epstein’s private island in the Virgin Islands, where abuse would continue undisturbed.
The prosecution opened their case against Maxwell and the picture they painted was one of a sordid partnership between the socialite, Maxwell and the convicted pedophile, Epstein.
The court was told of how Maxwell was very much involved with running things, she being ‘the lady of the house’, and instructed staff that they were to hear nothing, see nothing, say nothing.
Maxwell promised money, connections and fame to her victims, then she and Epstein would use them, then cast them aside.
With jury selection done, and the trial underway, the defense will no doubt attempt to portray Maxwell as an unwilling victim herself, as juries generally are more sympathetic to female defendants.
However, the subject matter is so disturbing and Maxwell was so heavily involved with Epstein, frequently being seen with him at social events and often with him in private, that it would be near impossible to pretend that she didn’t know what was going on.
The jury that has been selected, consists of 6 women and 6 men. Allegations of child sex trafficking tend to induce biases, and this may well work against her. People do not like to see women working as a conduit for children to be abused.
Maxwell’s defense team has their work cut out for them to say the least.
The jury ranges in ages from 27 to 70 years old and the professions shared between them include clerical work, administrative manager, retired Human Resource manager, home health aid, Vice President of a Life-Sciences company, advertising, musician and paraprofessional. They all reside in either the Bronx or Manhattan.